Workers in the West Midlands are an average £3,000 a year worse off than their counterparts in the east of the region, according to a survey.
The figures, put together by recruitment company Adecco as part of its Pay Check 2008/09 research report, show that the East Midlands beats the West Midlands in terms of remuneration, with an average wage of £28,898, with the West Midlands trailing slightly behind on £25,160.
While the East may be leading the pack in the Midlands however, the research demonstrates that there is a continuing pay gap with the south.
This is particularly noticeable with the West Midlands which places second from bottom in Adecco’s table of average wages, beaten only by Wales as the lowest paying region on an average of £22,737.
In contrast, the average wage in London now stands at £41,981, with workers in the South East now enjoying an average of £32,226 every year.
The North East of England offered the lowest average wages in the whole of England with an average of £26,369, about £6,000 lower than the national average.
Outside London, the highest average wage in any given sector was for marketing or sales managers in Scotland with an average of £58,367. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wage for any job sector in the UK was for those working in call centres in Wales with an average of £10,246
The average national wage across all sectors in 2007 was £32,359, up 3.2 per cent on the previous year.